Teddy Bear

   Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was president of the United States 1901-1909. He was a soldier, an explorer, and a politician, and he was celebrated for his "Rough Riders," who fought in the Spanish-American War. As vice president of the United States, he became the twenty-sixth president upon the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901. In 1904, Roosevelt ran for the presidency and was elected. While bear hunting around Sunflower River in 1902, Roosevelt was led to a bear cub tied to a tree by his hosts to make it easy for him to shoot. Teddy, as the president was affectionately called, refused to shoot the small bear, insisting that it be released and freed. Newspapers throughout the country carried the story, and Clifford K. Berryman, a cartoonist for the Washington Post, drew a cartoon titled "Drawing the Line in Mississippi," a pun on the border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. The incident enhanced Roosevelt's popularity with the people as well as his reputation as a conservationist.
   A stuffed bear to commemorate this act of kindness was manufactured, after receiving the presidents's permission to use his name. A Brooklynite, Morris Michton, and his wife, Rose, sewed and put together many bears, and a distinctive business was born when the bears were placed on the commercial market. This business, under the name Ideal Toy Company, started in the back room of a corner candy store and grew into one of the largest toy companies in America. Even today, teddy bears, more popular than ever, are in every toy store and in almost every home.

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  • teddy-bear — [ tedibɛr ] n. m. • Teddy bear 1910, n. d ours en peluche; de l angl. amér. Teddy, dimin. de Theodore (Roosevelt), chasseur d ours célèbre, et bear « ours » ♦ Anglic. 1 ♦ Vieilli Ours en peluche ou en tissu synthétique imitant la fourrure. Des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Teddy Bear — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. En anglais, teddy bear désigne un ours en peluche. Il peut signifier aussi : Teddy Bear, une série de bande dessinée française de science fiction de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • teddy bear — teddy bears also teddy bear N COUNT A teddy bear is a children s toy, made from soft or furry material, which looks like a friendly bear …   English dictionary

  • teddy bear — ☆ teddy bear n. [after Teddy, nickname for ROOSEVELT2 Theodore: first used (1902) after a cartoon by C. K. Berryman, containing a small cub in jocular allusion to his fondness for big game hunting] a child s stuffed toy made to look like a bear… …   English World dictionary

  • teddy bear — 1906, named for U.S. president Theodore Teddy Roosevelt, a noted big game hunter, whose conservationist fervor inspired a comic illustrated poem in the New York Times of Jan. 7, 1906, about two bears named Teddy, whose names were transferred to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • teddy bear — teddy ,bear noun count a soft toy bear …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Teddy bear — The teddy bear is a stuffed toy bear. It is an enduring, traditional form of a stuffed animal, often serving the purpose of comforting children. In recent times, some teddy bears have become expensive collector s items. Teddy bear collectors are… …   Wikipedia

  • Teddy bear — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. En anglais, teddy bear désigne un ours en peluche. Il peut signifier aussi : Teddy Bear, une série de bande dessinée française de science fiction de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • teddy bear — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms teddy bear : singular teddy bear plural teddy bears a soft toy bear …   English dictionary

  • teddy-bear — see teddy bear …   English dictionary

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